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Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by RGBBIGBOY, Jan 9, 2008.


    RGBBIGBOY New Member

    Hello all,
    Getting back into the RR scene. I had an HO layout in my last house that I did with no help from anyone and hated it . Young and Dumb,This was about 19 years ago.
    Now in my new house Ive met people that can help and am going to start an N scale layout. Also with the internet and sites like this I feel confident that I will enjoy it this time around!!:thumb:

    Lots of good info here !!!!

  2. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Ron: Welcome, I'll bet we have all had one of those layouts, or at least started one. Isn't experience great? Trouble is, when you get all of that experience, nobody wants to hear about it.
    As for your Y and D comment, we had a fellow at work years ago who gained that nickname. He had no sense of humor about it later when he became a manager and someone called him that.
  3. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Welcome ron. Good luck with the new layout.
  4. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Ron, enjoy! Are you planning for a place to run trains...or for a specific era? Steam, diesel, or both?
  5. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    Good luck with the new layout. Age and experience can be a good thing! Not to mention a few good friends to ask for advice!
  6. scubadude

    scubadude Member


    RGBBIGBOY New Member

    It was going to be a small 4 1/2 x 8 layout that I found in an old nsmag but my good freind that will be helping me with this said I would not be happy with it so I took the same layout and streched it out to 6x12 adding a bigger yard and a turntable with stubs at each end for future expantion.
    As for period I was thinking early 50s, running both steam and diesel.
  8. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Just remember, a solid 6x12 table is impractical. It's difficult to reach the center.

    RGBBIGBOY New Member

    It will be a solid 6x12 should say is we finished the benchwork yesterday.
    The center will be mostly scenic hills with a gourge and waterfall down the middle.The back tracks will be mostly hidden winding around the hills and over the gourge so reaching the middle "hopfully" will not be to hard other then the initial scenery work.
    thanks for your input any advice is always appreciated

  10. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    If you only need to reach the center for construction and rare maint...then it shouldn't be a problem. The far bigger problem would be if a car derailed in the center.

    You should be able to build a nice oval layout...especially if you use the center as a scenic divider.

    RGBBIGBOY New Member

    Sunday we set our first roadbed and track this was the easyest loop of them all as this was all one level. Now comes the hard part of figuring the folded loops and elevatoinsto clear the other tracks. It will be three levels folding over itself 3 times Fun Fun Fun .
    I have been taking pics as I go and will try to put them on this thread if I can figure out how????

  12. roch

    roch Member


    RGBBIGBOY New Member

    Thanks Roach I'll give it a try>
    This is the basic plan and start of the layout.

    RGBBIGBOY New Member

    try again :cry:
  15. roch

    roch Member

    sign1 It is actually proounced rock. And it is a real name that my parents got from the bible. AKA St. Peter. At my H.S. graduation the principal pronounced it roach and everyone cracked up. He knew how to pronounce it correctly and did it on purpose. Didn't bother me.

    Back to my layout. :wave:


    RGBBIGBOY New Member

    Roch I do appologize,I should know better my last name ends in ch and everybody also pronounces it ck
  17. roch

    roch Member

    No need to appologize. I actually got a laugh out of it.:thumb:

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